Monday, August 5, 2013


Album Features Three New Songs Along with Eleven Hits and Heartfelt Favorites
Lebanon, Tenn. – August 5, 2013 – Clint Black’s When I Said I Do is now available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and digitally on, as well as select online retailers. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive album release includes three new songs along with 11 hits and heartfelt favorites from the superstar artist for a total of 14 tracks priced at just $11.99.
The three new songs (“Samantha,” “Only a Woman,” and “She Won’t Let Go”) perfectly compliment the classic tunes that fans can rediscover on this CD. Black produced the album (co-producing the track “She Won’t Let Go” with his co-writer, acclaimed producer Frank Rogers), and wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs. Other songwriters that co-wrote with Black on this project are Michael Dulaney, Skip Ewing, Kostas, Michael McDonald, Hayden Nicholas, Matt Rollings, Shake Russell, Neil Thrasher and Steve Wariner.
The singer/songwriter performs two duets with his wife Lisa Hartman Black on the album: the title song, a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart that was also named the Academy of Country Music’s top Vocal Event of the Year in 2000, and “Easy for Me to Say.”  Black sings an additional duet, “Our Kind of Love,” with Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
“I am excited to share these new songs with my fans alongside some of my favorites from the past,” said Black. “I’m proud to join the Cracker Barrel family, and I hope this collection touches the hearts of everyone who visits their stores as much as they touched mine when I wrote and recorded them.”  
“Cracker Barrel is thrilled to release Clint Black’s When I Said I Do,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Marketing Manager, Julie Craig. “Clint is an amazing singer, songwriter, and musician, and one of the modern era’s most successful country artists. He creates music that reflects all the joys and heartbreaks of life, which is relatable to everyone. We think our guests will enjoy this special blend of Clint’s exclusive new songs as well as his popular classics.” 
The 14 songs featured on When I Said I Do are:
1.   “When I Said I Do” (duet with Lisa Hartman Black) – written by Black
2.   “Our Kind of Love” (duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson) – written by Black and Shake Russell
3.   “Something That We Do” – written by Black and Skip Ewing
4.   “You Made Me Feel” – written by Black and Michael McDonald
5.   “Like the Rain” – written by Black and Hayden Nicholas
6.   “One Emotion” – written by Black and Nicholas
7.   “My Imagination” – written by Black and Matt Rollings
8.   “Easy for Me to Say” (duet with Lisa Hartman Black) – written by Black and Nicholas
9.   “You Know It All” – written by Black and Steve Wariner
10. “That Something in My Life” – written by Black and Kostas
11. “Half the Man” – written by Black and Nicholas
12. “Samantha” – written by Black - a new recording exclusive to this album
13. “Only a Woman” – written by Black, Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney - a new recording exclusive to this album
14. “She Won’t Let Go” – written by Black and Frank Rogers – a new recording exclusive to this album
Black is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician, actor and entertainer who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. He has earned five ACM Awards, two CMA Awards, one American Music Award, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry® and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  CMT listed Black’s debut album, Killin' Time, as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.  Visit his website at, his Facebook page at, and on Twitter @Clint_Black.


      "We've definitely been on the road this weekend," said Sheila Everhart, the acoustic bass player for the dynamic duo Bob & Sheila.  "We were on tour with Terry Smith, and that does keep us busy.  We did five shows in four days, and they all turned out really good.  Terry is a good draw, he has a huge fan base in Iowa, and those that come to his shows really love his music, especially the songs that he writes.  The first show was at the Iowa Theater in Bloomfield.  It was a Thursday night, so it wasn't totally full, but it was a nice crowd, big enough to do it again there. It's a bit of a drive for us to get there, but it was also beautiful weather and we like Iowa this time of year."
     "Bloomfield has a very nice theater," Bob added, "seats about 250, and we had a nice crowd.  We had placed some advertising on KiiC Radio and that seemed to help.  Our second two gigs were at the Oak Tree in Anita, the first show on Friday night completely sold out, and the Saturday night was very nearly so.  They were both good shows, and the audiences at both really seemed to have a great time.  We had two shows this Sunday, the first one a matinee at the Rec Center Theater in Carroll.  Had a very nice crowd, but not enough to fill the theater which seats right around 400. It's a lovely theater too, very good acoustics, and a very appreciative audience."
     "The last show was a good one too," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added.  It was in the town that Andy Williams was born, Wall Lake, at a little Baptist church.  I really liked the church, it had a very nice atmosphere about it.  Mom and dad opened for Terry on all the shows, but I liked this one best.  I don't know about dad though.  Bill & Karen Kurth are the ones that arranged the church show, and they also took us out to lunch at a Chinese Restaurant in Carroll.  It was absolutely delicious, but lots of food, so dad said we needed a take-out box.  There wasn't that much food left, but when I asked him why, he said it would be our budget lunch for the next day.  But, I said, this is our evening meal, and dad said yeah, but we'll eat it tomorrow for lunch too.  You know a budget lunch."
     "We had a great weekend with Terry," Sheila added, "and he'll be at LeMars all week for the big festival.  Our next show at the Oak Tree is that fantastic singer and yodeler from New Zealand, Roger Tibbs on August 16th.  Tex & Mary Schutz are also on the bill, so we are already looking forward to a great evening of super entertainment."

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Interview with JIGGLEY JONES

Interview with JIGGLEY JONES

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

JIGGLEY JONES  I would describe my music as being acoustic driven Alternative Country. Lyrically it portraits the emotions of life itself. Musically it has a slightly different twist to it but yet I think you’ll find it strangely familiar.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

JIGGLEY JONES The last year has been a very busy and a very successful journey. In Feburary I signed with MTS Management Group and since then I’ve had the privilage to perform at the CMA Festival in Nashville, the Bitter End in New York, the World Cafe in Wilmington, Deleware and many other noteworthy venues. My interview schedule has been extremely full, and the amount of international airplay I’m receiving is continually expanding.  

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

JIGGLEY JONES  The CD that I am currently promoting is called „No Spring Chicken“ and it’s slowly moving forward on numerous charts across America.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

JIGGLEY JONES  The title is a silly attempt at bringing attention to the fact that I’m not as young as I used to be but I feel that I still have something really important to say. The music industry seems to lean further and further towards the really young artist, leaving the more experienced ones behind. I’m saying „don’t forget about me“.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

JIGGLEY JONES  Yes I take much pride in the fact that I write and produce all of my own music.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

JIGGLEY JONES The CD is an EP and contains 4 songs. The first, „Baby Blue“ was inspired by the birth of my son a few years back. It’s a lullaby of sorts and celebrates life the way a parent sees it. The second song, „Welcome Home“ is simply about the great feeling one usually gets when they return home from time away. Song three, the latest single, „Ain’t That Alright“ is a fun Americana style song that takes a not-so-serious look at a love affair that really doesn’t get past the first introduction. Finally I decided to put a Christmas song on the record. I felt that this particular song was very strong and the message is different. The loving attitudes that abound during the Christmas season seem to go away soon afterward. What would life be if those feelings remained throughout the year, thus the title, „Christmas 365“.  

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

JIGGLEY JONES  „Ain’t That Alright“ is such a fun song that has such a unique musical approach. The instrumentation is familiar, but the arrangement is laid out in a way the draws you in.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

JIGGLEY JONES  So far I’ve had most, if not all of the control over my creations. I did have a co-producer on the record named Chris Tristram from Los Angeles. He was responsible for the final mix and put his flavor into the overall sound of the recording. Chris is a great talent and I gave him complete control over that aspect because of my confidence in his talents and the fact that he’s been a friend for a long time.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

JIGGLEY JONES  Today’s music industry is now trying to find itself since the digital era has taken it in such a new direction. In a way it’s great with all the potential independent opportunities, but it can also be overwhelming with having to attempt to push through all of the artists that are out there doing the same thing.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

JIGGLEY JONES Recording is definetly my knack. I love the creative side of this, and being in the studio, watching everything you’ve worked on come into fruition can be very fulfilling. 

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

I call it the hub „of all things Jiggley“ because once there, you can branch out in all sorts of directions with social media, lyrics, news, shows, music streaming and/or purchasing, videos, and much more.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

JIGGLEY JONES  A warm hello from across the Atlantic !!! I would like to thank you for your ability as music lovers to appreciate music that sometimes comes from a unique perspective. I find that music fans in Europe especially, seem to have the knack for art that delves a little deeper into the soul. In America I have to say that it takes a bit longer to grab the attention of fans if your music has a sound that is less familiar to the ear.

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The Perfect End to Summer

"Larry's Country Diner" — the Perfect End to Summer:
August Lineup Includes B. J. Thomas, The Roys & Tracy Lawrence

"Larry's Country Diner" to Continue Hosting Shows at Branson's Starlite Theatre!! 

Nashville, Tenn. (August 4, 2013) – "Larry’s Country Diner," the down-home variety program that draws over 1.4 million loyal viewers each month as one of RFD-TV’s most popular shows, has the perfect end to this summer—an August lineup that is sure to satisfy the appetites of Country music fans. This month’s menu features five-time Grammy award-winner B.J. Thomas, award-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo The Roys, Academy of Country Music award-winner Tracy Lawrence and legendary country tenor Jimmy Fortune with 13-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winner Dailey & Vincent.  For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visit  

Each week in August, you can catch Larry and the gang on the RFD-TV network:

Week of:
August 4: B.J. Thomas

August 10: The Roys
August 17: Jim Glaser
August 24: Tracy Lawrence
August 31: The Dailey & Vincent Quartet with Jimmy Fortune

“Larry’s Country Diner” airs Saturday nights at 10 PM CT / 11 PM ET and Sunday evenings at 6 PM CT / 7 PM ET **

** “Larry’s Country Diner” also airs on FamilyNet (check local listings for airtimes in your area). All schedules are subject to change.

“Larry’s Country Diner,” remains extremely popular with fans. In fact, getting a seat for a television taping has a waiting list of over two years. However, in an effort to service fans, “Larry’s Country Diner” continues to hit the road bringing the actual diner set and its original cast to the people. Currently, “Larry’s Country Diner,” is hosting shows at the famed Starlite Theater (located at 3115 W. Hwy 76 in Branson, Mo.). These shows will feature performances from a variety of country stars for a one-of-a-kind experience:

August 30 – September 1: Jimmy Fortune
September 10-12: Rhonda Vincent
September 24-26: Gene Watson
October 1-3: Dailey & Vincent
October 4-6: Wilson Fairchild
October 15-17: The Grascals

To purchase tickets or for more information visit, or call the Starlite Theater at (417) 337-9333.

“Larry’s Country Diner” is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting. The show features regular characters including Larry Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today. Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, “Larry’s Country Diner” has produced over 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD-TV, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly. The show can also be seen on FamilyNet -- check your local listings. For more information, please visit

“Larry’s Country Diner” is a product of Gabriel Communications. Owned and operated by longtime disc jockey Larry Black, Gabriel Communications was created in 1996 and specialized in “Reunion” videos. The success of these videos spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear. For more information on “Country’s Family Reunion” products, please visit:



 LeMars, Iowa....."When someone mentions a 'teddy bear' in country music, those fans of early classic country music know immediately what and who they are talking about.  Newer country music fans who do not have that kind of connect, probably don't know what a 'teddy bear' ever had to do with country music."
     Bob Everhart, is probably the longest running promoter of early traditional and classic country music in the upper Midwest.  He's also a performer and recording artist of the same music genre, not the least being his Grammy nominated album released by the Smithsonian Institution.  "I really like traditional country music," Everhart recently said in an interview on KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa.  "KMA Radio is where all the early performers of country music performed" he said.  "The Everly Brothers, Bill Monroe and his brother Charlie (now there's an interesting story, Bill Monroe married a girl from Clarinda, Iowa), and tons more, even a little teddy bear."
     Everhart, who is the mover and shaker behind America's Country Music Hall of Fame, is also very outspoken about awards, merit, honor, and pride. "It's so difficult to understand why a Hall of Fame dedicated to country music, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has so few honored by them.  Country music is an international genre of music, and that includes all the players of it, from the earliest times in the Appalachian Mountains, to the first beginner somewhere in California.  Why is that such a 'closed' operation.  We had to do something about it, and we did in 1976.  We started with those artists that have made significant contributions to the music here in the State of Iowa.  Then we went to the upper Midwest, and then we went 'National,' and then we went 'International.'  That's covering a lot of ground in 38 years, and we haven't slowed down even a little bit.  This year is our 38th year of hosting the festival where these Hall of Fame inductions take place, and this year is no exception when it comes to celebrities making the trek to the corn fields of Iowa to reap this award.  One of the most interesting ones, is a teddy bear."
     The location of the festival Everhart is talking about is the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, where the festival has been held for the past six years.  Before that it was held in Council Bluffs, Avoca, and Missouri Valley.  "We've moved for various reasons," Everhart said, "mostly because of an outrageous increase in rental fees, or simply because someone else thought they could take it over.  We've been strong about keeping what we do directly involved with traditional and classic country music, bluegrass music, even folk music, and sometimes loud electric bands and musicians don't agree with that philosophy, so they try to imitate what we do.  It's for some of these same reasons we have so many celebrities involved in what we do.  They come to Iowa to receive what they consider a very 'real' honor.  This isn't something you can buy, or imitate, or even pretend to get.  It's the real-deal, and it comes directly from the people I represent, rural Iowa.  We already have a number of celebrities coming for Hall of Fame inductions this year, Mickey Gilley, Kenny Seratt, Joanne Cash (Johnny's sister), Dr. Harry Yates (founder of Cowboy Church), LuLu Roman (from Hee Haw), Roger Tibbs (from New Zealand), and I just got word that the beautiful girl from Arkansas that made a song called "The Teddy Bear" famous is going to be with us this year.  That's right, Barbara Fairchild is bringing a teddy bear, to put in America's Country Music Hall of Fame, right next to her picture.  What a great country song that was, and what a very nice lady it is that recorded it.  Her husband Roy Morris is also going to be with us."
      The festival begins August 26, and goes all the way through September 1 (the full week before Labor Day), and it runs from 9am in the morning to midnight every day on ten stages.  When asked why there are so many stages, Everhart said, "We have over 600 performers, pickers, singers, entertainers, musicians coming to this event every year, and they all want to play, and they all want pay.  Well, we can get them on a stage, but we can't always pay them, there are just simply too many, but we don't turn anyone away.  We believe there's a time and season for all things, and this one singular event in the corn fields of Iowa, is where anyone who is pursuing being an entertainer can participate, learn, perform, and even achieve that very important step of entertaining a large audience.  That's why we welcome with open arms, a little teddy bear to this year's festivities."
     The organization Everhart is president of has a website for more information at

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